Harold B. Lee quotes

  • The most important of the Lord's work you will ever do will be the work you do within the walls of your own home.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Wall #Home #Important

  • The most important of all the commandments of God is that one that you are having the most difficulty keeping today.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Important #Today #Difficulty

  • You, our youth of today, are among the most illustrious spirits to be born into mortality in any age of the world. Yours is a noble heritage and a wonderful opportunity.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Opportunity #Our Generation #Age

  • The most effective preaching of the gospel is when it is accompanied by beautiful, appropriate music.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Music #Beautiful #Preaching

  • Stay true in the dark, and humble in the spotlight.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Humble #Dark #Spotlight

  • You cannot lift another soul until you are standing on higher ground than he is. You cannot light a fire in another soul unless it is burning in your own soul.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Fire #Light #Soul

  • Be loyal to the royal that is in you, for you are the child of a King.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Kings #Children #Loyal

  • The laws of God given to mankind are embodied in the gospel plan, and the Church of Jesus Christ is made responsible for teaching these laws to the world.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Jesus #Teaching #Law

  • We can be the best taught people on the face of the earth but the trouble is we don't live as well as we have been taught.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #People #Earth #Faces

  • My humble prayer is that all men everywhere may understand more fully the significance of the atonement of the Savior of all mankind, who has given us the plan of salvation which will lead us into eternal life, where God and Christ dwell.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Prayer #Humble #Men

  • The Lord is going to keep His people informed if they will listen.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #People #Lord

  • The most important message that I can give to you and to all the world is to keep the commandments of God.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Giving #Important #World

  • And what he ought to see, hear and understand is truth-eternal truth-and then practice it. That is conversion
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Heart #Practice

  • You are equipped with strong bodies and educated minds. Add to these an unshakable faith in a divine providence and you have the tools by which you may build a successful life. Make each day your masterpiece and live so nobly that you may witness honestly each day: Whatever came to your hands this day, you did it to the best of your ability
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Strong #Successful #Hands

  • Don't get so busy that you don't have time to meditate. Take the time.... Christ may be nearer than we have knowledge. 'I am in your midst, but you do not see me.'
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #May #Busy #Christ

  • Don't be down on that you're not up on.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Judging

  • The heaviest burden that one has to bear in this life is the burden of delaying too long before putting the fruit in the Jell-O so it's too firm and the chunks just sit on top.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Thanksgiving #Long #Fruit

  • How glorious and near to the angels is youth that is clean. This youth has joy unspeakable here and eternal happiness hereafter. Sexual purity is youth's most precious possession. It is the foundation of all righteousness.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Angel #Joy #Foundation

  • Just as a flood-lighted temple is more beautiful in a severe storm or in a heavy fog, so the gospel of Jesus Christ is more glorious in times of inward storm and of personal sorrow and tormenting conflict.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Beautiful #Jesus #Fog

  • To some it may seem old-fashioned to speak of virtue and chastity, honesty, morality, faith, character, but these are the qualities which have built great men and women and point the way by which one may find happiness in the living of today and eternal joy in the world to come. These are the qualities which are the anchors to our lives, in spite of the trials, the tragedies, the pestilences, and the cruelties of war which bring in their wake appalling destruction, hunger, and bloodshed
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Honesty #War #Character

  • The trouble with us today, there are too many of us who put question marks instead of periods after what the Lord says. I want you to think about that. We shouldn't be concerned about why He said something, or whether or not it can be made so. Just trust the Lord. We don't try to find the answers or explanations. We shouldn't try to spend time explaining what the Lord didn't see fit to explain. We spend useless time.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Thinking #Trying #Answers

  • Happiness does not depend on what happens outside of you, but what happens inside of you.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Doe

  • Life is fragile, handle with prayer.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Prayer #Life Is #Life Is Fragile

  • As I say, it never ceases to amaze me how gullible some of our Church members are.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Honesty #Church #Gullible

  • The thing that all of us should strive for is to so live, keeping the commandments of the Lord, that He can answer our prayers. If we will live worthy, then the Lord will guide us - by a personal appearance, or by His actual voice, or by His voice coming into our mind, or by impressions upon our heart and our soul. And oh, how grateful we ought to be if the Lord sends us a dream in which is revealed to us the beauties of the eternity or a warning and direction for our special comfort. Yes, if we so live, the Lord will guide us for our salvation and for our benefit.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Dream #Prayer #Grateful

  • Our father in heaven governs the affairs of men by placing specific individuals upon the earth to lead at specific times and inspiring and directing them.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Father #Men #Heaven

  • Patriotism and loyalty in defense of the Constitution of the United States is constantly enjoined upon us. President McKay again this morning has made reference to the cause of liberty in his remarks. To be effective in such teaching, we must begin by inspiring in each heart the faith that the Constitution of the United States was written by inspired men whom God raised up for that very purpose.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Loyalty #Morning #Teaching

  • [W]e declare it is a grievous sin before God to adopt restrictive measures in disobedience to God's divine command from the beginning of time to 'multiply and replenish the earth.' Surely those who project such measures to prevent life or to destroy life before or after birth will reap the whirlwind of God's retribution, for God will not be mocked.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Birth Control #Earth #Sin

  • It isn't the Lord who withholds himself from us. It is we who withhold ourselves from him because of our failure to keep his commandments.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Failure #Lord

  • In his book Stand Ye In Holy Places, President Harold B. Lee wrote that one is converted when his eyes see what he ought to see, his ears hear what he ought to hear and his heart understands what he ought to understand. "And what he ought to see, hear and understand is truth-eternal truth-and then practice it. That is conversion," he wrote.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Book #Heart #Eye

  • Never permit yourself to indulge in cheap flattery, which often times means to merely satisfy the individuals vanity and sometimes to ingratiate the flatter into the good graces of the flattered.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Kindness #Mean #Vanity

  • Wouldn't it be a great thing if all who are well schooled in secular learning could hold fast to the "iron rod," or the word of God, which could lead them, through faith, to an understanding, rather than to have them stray away into strange paths of man-made theories and be plunged into the murky waters of disbelief and apostasy?
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Men #Iron #Water

  • There are many who profess to be religious and speak of themselves as Christians, and, according to one such, "as accepting the scriptures only as sources of inspiration and moral truth," and then ask in their smugness: "Do the revelations of God give us a handrail to the kingdom of God, as the Lord's messenger told Lehi, or merely a compass?"
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Christian #Religious #Inspiration

  • Pure womanhood plus priesthood means exaltation. But womanhood without priesthood, or priesthood without pure womanhood doesn't spell exaltation.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Mean #Exaltation #Priesthood

  • I want to say something to you men. You cannot destroy the appointment of a prophet of God, but you can cut the thread that binds you to the prophet of God, and sink yourselves to hell.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Cutting #Men #Want

  • If you are to be successful...you will need to be inspired. You will need to receive revelation. I will give you one piece of advice: Go to bed early and get up early. If you do, your body and mind will become rested and then in the quiet of those early morning hours, you will receive more flashes of inspiration and insight than at any other time of the day.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Morning #Inspiration #Successful

  • I thank the Lord that I may have passed some of the tests, but maybe there will have to be more before I shall have been polished to do all that the Lord would have me do. Sometimes when the veil has been very thin, I have thought that if the struggle had been still greater that maybe then there would have been no veil.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Struggle #Veils #May

  • Conversion must mean more than just being a 'card-carrying' member of the church with a tithing receipt, a membership card, a temple recommend, etc. It means to overcome the tendencies to criticize and to strive continually to improve inward weaknesses and not merely the outward appearances.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Mean #Church #Etc

  • Every man stamps his value on himself. The price we challenge for ourselves is given us by others. -Man is made great or little by his own will.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Self Esteem #Men #Challenges

  • Don't try to live too many days at a time.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Adversity #Trying

  • The spirit, if it could be seen with mortal eyes, would appear in bodily shape like a full-grown person with individual endowments that make it a counter-part of the body in which it [resides,] "that which is temporal in the likeness of that which is spiritual." (D&C 77:2.) It was that which came from God and entered at birth into the infant body prepared by its mortal parents. The spirit was of the "Lord from heaven." The physical body was "of the earth, earthy," (2 Cor. 15:47) or in other words, composed of the elements of which the things in the physical world are composed.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Spiritual #Eye #Parent

  • If it were not for the assurance that I have that the Lord is near to us, guiding, directing, the burden would be almost beyond my strength, but because I know that He is there, and that He can be appealed to, and if we have ears to hear attuned to Him, we will never be left alone.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Would Be #Ears #Lord

  • There is only one day that you and I have to live for, and that's today. There is nothing we can do about yesterday except repent, and there may be no tomorrow. The thing for us to do when we arise from our beds as God gives us a new day, is to take whatever comes to our hands, and do it to the best of our ability.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Hands #Yesterday #Giving

  • Testimony is not something you have today, and you are going to have always. A testimony is fragile. It is as hard to hold as a moonbeam. It is something you have to recapture every day of your life.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Today #Moonbeams #Testimony

  • You must learn to walk to the edge of the light, and then a few steps into the darkness; then the light will appear and show the way before you.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Light #Darkness #Way

  • For by doing these things the gates of hell shall not prevail against you; yea, and the Lord God will disperse the powers of darkness from before you, and cause the heavens to shake for your good, and his name's glory
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Names #Heaven #Darkness

  • The heaviest burden that one has to bear in this life is the burden of sin.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Bears #Life Is #Sin

  • Missionary work is but home teaching to those who are not now members of the Church, and home teaching is nothing more or less than missionary work to Church members
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Teaching #Home #Church

  • In order for good to blossom it must be cultivated and exercised by constant practice, and to be truly righteous there is required a daily pruning of the evil growth of our characters by a daily repen- tance from sin.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Character #Order #Practice

  • A clean and well-cared for appearance should be maintained. Hair styles should be clean and neat, avoiding extreme styles. Mens' hair should be trimmed above the collar, leaving the ears uncovered. If worn, mustaches should be neatly trimmed. Earrings for men are unacceptable, and beards are not acceptable, except for certified medical reasons.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Men #Hair #Leaving

  • A truth of the gospel is not a truth until you live it. You do not really believe in tithing until you pay it. The word of wisdom to you is not a truth of the gospel until you keep it. The Sabbath day is not a holy day unless you observe it. . . . A friend is not a friend unless you defend him.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Believe #Words Of Wisdom #Pay

  • . . . the sin of abortion, or the destruction of unborn children - lies somewhere a close kin to the crime of destroying human life and certainly to be condemned.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Life #Children #Lying

  • The greatest waste in all the world is living below our potential.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Life #World #Waste

  • It is not the function of religion to answer all the questions about God's moral government of the universe, but to give us courage through faith to go on in the face of questions to which we find no answer in our present status.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Courage #Government #Giving

  • The one who confidently looks forward to an eternal reward for his efforts in mortality is constantly sustained through his deepest trials. When he is disappointed in love, he does not commit suicide. When loved ones die, he doesn’t despair; when he loses a coveted contest, he doesn’t falter; when war and destruction dissipate his future, he doesn’t sink into a depression. He lives above his world and never loses sight of the goal of his salvation.
    -- Harold B. Lee

    #Suicide #War #Sight